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but they have gotten weaker. one thing i want to point out as you talk about those image as, japan is a country that is relatively well prepared for earthquakes. so, the iimages you're seeing s to the magnitude of the quake we felt earlier today. you know, this is a country that has, you know, plenty of earthquake drills. we feel earthquakes out here all the time. nothing like we felt earlier today in a long time. >> were people heeding those evacuation warning in tokyo? did you see people exiting all those buildings in that densely populated area? >> reporter: know, it's tough to see from our vantage point but based on the images i have seen, i can tell you japanese people take their earthquakes very seriously because they get so many of them. they are looking into the warnings, they are making sure out on the coast at least, to seek higher ground and stay there until they hear otherwise. also people who were inside the buildings evacuating, doing exactly as they were told. >> i'm sure that's definitely the situation in sendai, which we keep going back to because the images are so inkred pibl.
earthquake hit japan friday afternoon. this happened about an hour and 15, 20 minutes ago. japan's meteorological agency says the earthquake measured 8.4. the agency issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific cost. in northern japan tsunami waves of up to 4 meters were observed soon after the quake. the agency is warning the tsunami could be between 6 and 10 meters. you're seeing some of the tsunami damage so far in miyagi prefecture in the sendai area where some of the homes and farms have been flooded when the tsunami went upstream a river. according to the transport ministry, the international airport has reopened two of its four runways. international airport has reopened two of its four runways. they had earlier closed all. they have reopened two of its four runways. the japan road traffic information center, japan road information center, and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. the japan road traffic information center and police say expressways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. according to toshiba elevator, i
catastrophe in japan. i'm wolf blitzer. john vos is joining us over in the cnn center in atlanta. a lot of news to cover. let me give our viewers the highlights of what's going on right now. it's now just after 7:00 a.m. saturday in japan. survivors of the strongest earthquake recorded in that country's history are seeing the enormous destruction in the harsh light of day, and they are still being shaken to the core. two powerful new tremors measuring higher than a magnitude of 6 struck within the last hour alone, after the 8.9 monster quake hit japan friday afternoon unleashing a huge tsunami. japanese media reporting that the death toll could be higher than 1,000. hundreds of people may be missing. some may be trapped alive or buried in homes that were simply washed away. the tsunami sent water rushing sever six miles inland. one area of deep concern right now. japanese authorities are trying to cool down the temperature inside a nuclear power plant rattled by the quake. president obama says the united states is helping to monitor the plant for possible radiation leaks. he also sent h
earthquakes the world has ever seen. 8.9 quake hting japan overnight. the waves now barreling towards the u.s. pictures we are seeing out of japan are unimaginable. it's wave after wave literally swallowing up cars, boats and homes. some terrifying moments in an airport outside of tokyo when the quake hit. watch this video. now there is one report. you find the capital city of tokyo. that report that confirmed. but an earthquake of horrific proportions causing buildings to shake and the tsunami that followed. seldom have we seen images like this. welcome to "america's newsroom." martha: this quake struck just after 3:00 p.m. local time in japan while most of us were sleeping. this was the scene. unbelievably powerful waves crashing ashore causing wired spread destruction. there are massive fires being dealt with and a nuclear emergency. we have more details on that. bill: there was so much to watch and do have, we'll do our best it, the 7th largest earthquake ever record. it's the largest to hit japan. evacuations underway in several coastal towns. trace gallagher joins us with more on that
and let it play for you just as it was covered in the news in japan. take a look. >> that's how it all unfolded. right after the tsunami an earthquake hit. of course, after this, the initial shock. then came the damage. take a look at this new video coming in. craters in the streets all over japan, and that is just to start. and, again, all of these images are coming to us from japanese television. and as we go through this broadcast, we're just going to talk over the video and just let you look at it for yourself. look at this. that was probably a neighborhood once. now it's a field of destruction. these are the streets. police on the streets. cars trying to get through when they can. most of it, we're told, is just uninhabitable. look at that. people trying to figure out exactly what's going on. they're wearing masks. many people close to the source of that explosion at a nuclear plant have been wearing radiation suits. and a lot of this, again, coming to us from japanese television. it is incredible to see these images. >>> also happening as we speak, rescues from the rubble and the
that struck japan which is higher than some pacific islands and could rush right over them. first waves are expected to hit hawaii at 8:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. that's 8:00 eastern, 3:00 a.m. local time. there have been evacuations from coastal areas. civil defense sirens sounded at about 10:00 p.m. local time across hawaii. fires triggered by the earthquake in japan, also burning out of control. just incredible pictures here up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery according to the country's prime minister, there is, quote, major damage in northeastern japan, but nuclear power facilities in the area were not damaged we're told and there has been no radiation leakage. this is video of when the earthquake hit. truck struck at 2:46 p.m. local time. followed by 12 powerful of taker shocks oig, seven of them measures at least 6.3. that is the size of the earthquake that struck new zealand just last month.that is earthquake that struck new zealand just last month.measure. that is the size of the earthquake that stck new zealand just last month. sean ibara joining us.
across japan after a massive earthquake. one of the largest in years. >> tsunami watches triggered across the pacific, including hawaii and the west coast. we have extended coverage, now, from japan and the u.s. >>> good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us on this very busy news day. a major disaster is unfolding in japan, after a megaearthquake hit overnight. >> now, the quake has triggered a tsunami in the northern part of the country. a 13-foot wall of water, washing away cars, busses, buildings, homes. incredible footage. >> tsunami warnings are posted for most of the pacific, including hawaii, where the coast guard is standing by. a powerful quake was centered around the area of sendai. but it rocked buildings in tokyo, hundreds of miles away. akiko fujita joins us from tokyo this morning. akiko, what is the latest? >> reporter: we are getting new numbers. we now know there are 18 people confirmed dead. that's from our partner out here, nhk. 18 people confirmed dead. and 60 people injured in tokyo alone. keep in mind that tokyo is hours away from the epicenter. 60 people inju
>> as fast as the water swept across japan it has now receded, leading behind a mess. stunning new video from the disaster in japan. hello and welcome to our viewers from the united states and around the world. you are watching world report here on cnn. japan has declared states of emergency at two nuclear power plants. the nuclear agency said a small amount of proactive cesium has escaped. this was probably caused by the melting of a fuel rod. they are continuing to fuel the fuel by pumping the water around the rods. radiation levels are more than eight times where the plants about 250 kilometers northeast of tokyo. the plants are having problems with their cooling systems after friday's monster quake unleashed a ten meter high tsunami thatter to through coastal towns and cities. an expert we talked with earlier says this is a very dangerous situation. >>> a new day in japan with new scenes of devastation. japanese news agency now reports 433 people are confirmed dead. almost 800 others are missing. rescuers are reaching for survivors. schools of buildings are collapsed or damaged
to sergeant david pearson at narita, in narita, japan. are you at the airport? >> caller: yes, i'm at the airport as we speak. >> were you there four hours ago when it hit? >>. >> caller: yes, i was. i saw the lockers shaking back and forth violently. by the look on people's faces, i could see there was an earthquake. we were called into formation. there would be a tsunami coming, we would be regrouping and move further south to evacuate the country. >> narita, is that on the west coast of the main island? >> caller: that's correct. yes. >> at this moment, have you seen any sort of tsunami wave action on the west coast? the wave action can wraparound islands as we saw during the tsunami in the 2000s. have you seen any tsunami wave action there? >> caller: i have not seen anything myself. i have not been by the windows. >> thank you very much. we appreciate you for stopping by today. watch at what is happening here in tokyo. some of the waves here moving through. if you have flown over japan, what you will see at narita airport or any of the airports in parts of tokyo or up and do
suffered more damage. it is not obvious from here. the real dramas are clearly northeast japan along the northeast coast. we're seeing that picture, large scale fires, you see the waters flooding in. that's where the damage is concentrated. >> we have listened to the japanese prime minister appealing to the people to remain calm. a difficult thing to do, certainly, under these circumstances as you fear along the coastline. the northeast there. the approach of yet another tsunami. what about people trying to get a hold of loved ones. family members. i'm seeing a lot of that on my twitter account. people trying to make contact with their friends and family. >> yes. i think the problem is that the phones are very jammed. everyone is on the phone, on their mobile. even the land lines are a bit difficult. i was able to get through to my family in the first half-hour after that happened. they were fine. the system i think is overloaded. i suspect that rather than damage to the telephone's infrastructure. so there will be a lot of anxiety. particularly for people who have family in the nort
advice that people can give. we heard that from authorities there in japan saying to people, make your way to higher ground if at all possible. if you're inside a building, try to get out of that building and evacuate because these aftershocks and the tsunamis, they are the deadly mechanism that comes after this initial 8.9 magnitude quake. so we're continuing to watch this. i'm going to hand it over now to anna coren in hong kong. anna. >> thank you very much. let's continue our rolling coverage of this massive earthquake that has hit japan. let's turn to nhk and listen in. >> it has been revised to 8.8. the quake caused tremors with a 7, the maximum scale of 0 to 7. strong tremors were found in many parts of the country including tokyo. tsunamis continue to wash ashore. a devastating tsunami reached over 7 meters. major tsunami alerts of waves remain in place for many other parts of the country. >> extensive damage has been reported. miyagi has been hit. many people are missward a tsunami up to 7 meters tall swept through low coastal-lying areas. the airport is also submerged. people
japan and the pacific, triggering a gigantic tsunami. entire islands wiped out. look at these incredible pictures of the giant wave as it rushes inland. buildings swept off their foundations. rivers changing direction. sweeping away cars, boats and people. the entire west coast, under a tsunami warning at this hour. this is a special edition of "good morning america," "tsunami in the pacific." >>> and good morning, america. that earthquake that hit japan overnight is just devastating. the largest in japan's history. 1,000-times more powerful than the quake that hit new zealand almost 3 weeks ago. the strongest in the world since the indian ocean earthquake of 2004. spider jets have been deployed to inspect quake damage. the entire country is under a state of emergency because of a failing power plant there. it is devastating. >> the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.9. it is huge. the biggest earthquake on record since they started keeping records in the early 1800s in japan. it's been followed by at least 19 massive aftershocks. many of which have been over 6.0 themselves. there are rep
's going to fall! >> tonight, apocalypse japan. one of the biggest earthquakes in modern history. miles of devastation. [ crashing sounds ] >> spectacular eyewitness accounts. >> it just blew up! >> what is the fallout from damaged nuclear reactors? and tsunami, nature's most incredible force. i'll talk with one man who's seen it all close up and litc d -- and lived to tell the story. tonight, are natural disasters on the rise? what if it happens here? is this country prepared for the unthinkable? live from los angeles, this is a special edition of "piers morgan tonight." good evening. i'm live from a city that's suffered numerous earthquakes but never any as big as the one that struck japan yesterday. japan right now, it's mitt morni mid morning. the extent of devastation is becoming clearer. look at the tsunami that struck at 2:46, the strong toast hit japan in recorded history. one of the strongest quakes to ever hit the planet. the death toll is likely to go into the thousands and tens of thousands more people have been forced to flee their homes. damaging aftershocks, up to 6.6 ma
it to you. >>> we have the disturbing new developments this morning from japan. one day after the strongest earthquake on record there, right now authorities are bracing for a possible meltdown at a nuke legislature power plant in the region where that quake hit. an explosion that you see right there, it destroyed a building that houses one of the reactors. officials say they fear a meltdown could be possible because two reactors at that plant have lost their cooling abilities. japan's prime minister says he is sending 50,000 troops to the hardest hit areas. meanwhile, the tremors haven't stopped. more than 165 aftershocks have been recorded. however, reports in japan today say at least 1300 people may have been killed. we have been with monitoring the situation from london. tazine, what's the latest from there? >> good morning, alex. the latest to tell you is that the government has spoken out about those radiation levels. just to recap, tokashima said the outer vessel collapsed. japan's authorities say that serious damage is unlikely. the government says the radiation levels are low. marr
ever recorded. it sparked fires across japan, including the one you say. this is an oil refinery near tokyo. you have to worry about the flooding issue, a major problem in and around tokyo. there's still fires that are blazing out of control all over the place. tokyo, the surrounding states to it. i was watching on your broadcast some of the pictures. you had an airport that was up there. that was actually the airport that is a very, very new airport that was built, that's right on the ocean line there. that's why it was so devastated. >> we're showing the video that came into our newsroom a little while ago. you can see the pacific ocean in the background and the tsunami wave and this is mid wave, you can see if you're looking at h.d., screen left, part of the runway still not covered. don't exactly know where any of the airplanes are. maybe there was a bit of a warning. how long was the warning, tom, between the time the earthquake hit at 2:46 p.m. local time and it was an 8.9 magnitude. largest that started there in japan. how much warning between the earthquake hitting and the ts
of one of japan's coastal nuclear power plants. as we look at some of the new images coming into us, japan's national police estimate at least 184 people are dead, 530 are miss, but we are certain as we watch these new images come in that that number will climb as the waters recede. some government officials, in fact, quoted in japanese media outlets predicting the death toll at a minimum will pass the 1,000 mark. there's been a little over 18 hours now. let's take a closer look. it's a magnitude 8.9 quake recorded right here off japan's eastern coast. you see the town of sendai. that was closest. tokyo down here. the hashedest hit, this flashing ring here, but vibrations all the way down throughout japan's coastal areas right here. the images are stunning. first the vibrations and the strong earthquake, the strongest on record in japan. then not long after all that shaking, the breathtaking power of the waters unleashed by a 30 foot tsunami. cars and boats, even homes tossed about like toys. look again at these images here. it is just striking the awesome, sobering power of the wat
killed, but some fear the death toll -- >>> a massive and historic earthquake hits japan, and it is creating devastation across the country this morning. >> the pictures are just astounding. a massive wall of water pushing aside everything in its path. farmland flooded for miles, dragging along homes, cars, boats. these are some of the most stunning pictures as you see that wall of water just washing over farmland far inland from the coast of japan. good morning. this is special coverage this morning of "american morning" on this friday, march 11th. it's 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. 7:00 p.m. in tokyo. we're following breaking news in japan after an 8.9 magnitude quake hits and triggers a massive 13-foot tsunami. >> the rescue operation is under way right now, but also happening right now a lot of warnings are in place, tsunami warnings for at least 20 countries. and hawaii and the west coast of the u.s. under warnings as well. let me tell you about this quake. a devastating one, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. it was an 8.9 magnitude quake. it hit off
in the se sendai area. magnitude 8.4. one of the largest earthquakes ever to hit japan. major earthquake hit japan on friday afternoon. the quake measured magnitude 8.4. agency has issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific coast. but as you can see, live coverage of miyagi prefecture area. tsunami waves of over four meters were observed soon after the quake. the agency is warning that tsunami could reach between 6 and 10 meters. tsunamis come in several waves. for those of you who are listening to this program, if you're along the coast, please do stay away, and move to higher ground immediately. you're seeing live coverage of miyagi prefecture in the sendai area. the quake, 8.4, from 7.9. one of the worst earthquakes ever in japanese history. it's a 7 on the japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7. that is the same size earthquake as the one that hit the great honshu area in 1995. fires breaking out as you can see. live coverage -- >> welcome back, everyone. lynn berry here in new york. if you're just tuning on the east coast, 4:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. local time in tokyo, japan, where we are bringi
>>> the worst earthquake in a century rocks japan. >>> a voluntary evacuation is in place. we'll have more from pacific ca coming up. >> the san francisco police department has closed part of ag the public to stay away from that area. >> and the great grandparents of a bay area man believed they would be reliving an event. >>> welcome, i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. we're following a tsunami. it's moving as fast as a jetliner. a 23-foot tsunami was triggered by that massive 8.9 magnitude quake. a smaller one hit hawaii two hours ago. there's a tsunami warning along the pacific coast, including the bay area where it is expected to hit at 8:08. 300 bodies have been down in the coastal city of san die. 349 are missing. >> this ca trass trophy in japan is having a warning on us in the bay area. a tsunami warning has been issued for the entire area. we have team coverage. we go to sfo where a flight from japan is scheduled to and shortly. first, let's go to ktvu's jade hernandez in pacifica. you have information about the schools. >> reporter: pacifica schools have been shut
. >> a new warning from japan's prime minister after another explosion and fire rocked daiichi power plant. >>> hello, 6:00 in the east, i'm christine romans. >> i'm kiran chetry. thanks for being with us. we are trying to dissect some of these new developments. it's very unclear exactly what is happening in japan. we do know there are growing health concerns due to another explosion at their nuclear power plant at daiichi. >> and as this unfolds, you have stock markets around the world plunging. japanese stock market down 10%, european markets down all very, very sharply. we'll continue to watch what that means in the united states where stocks here are also expected to open lower. >> and all of this fears of a nuclear crisis in japan and may be founded this morning. there are several new disturbing elements to tell you about. one the prime minister is admitting that radiation levels have reached levels that can "impact human health." what that exactly means, we still don't know this morning. everyone, though, within about 12 miles of the facility have been told to remain indoors. that's
at a nuclear plant in the earthquake-devastated region of japan. the japanese government is confirming a radiation leak has happened. and they are fighting against a nuclear meltdown. we have a live report for you from tokyo ahead. >> the massive earthquake triggering a ripple effect across the pacific hitting hawaii and governor brown if california call for a state of emergency along the northern coast including in santa cruz. >> in japan, the third largest producer of nuclear power and how trouble at the nuclear reactor could devastate global markets. friend friend hour two begins right now. >> good morning, everyone, thank you for joining us. and now you need to say glued to the show for three hours because there is so much breaking news including what is going on in japan. they are racing to prevent a meltdown after an explosion at the largest nuclear plant. the nation is getting a look at the destruction. you can see the images. >> these are new images as crews are getting out to assess the damage. adam housley is on the ground in tokyo assessing what is going on. tokyo is the sta
is falling in japan the day after the country's worst earthquake on record and the tsunami has followed. public broadcaster nhk is reporting an explosion at a nuclear power station in northeastern japan. the explosion sent white smoke rising into the air 170 kilometers from the earthquake's epicenter. and the death toll from friday's quake continues to climb. about 900 people are dead and about 700 others are missing. rescue teams have their work cut out for them. >>> well, a powerful quake, a devastating tsunami and now fears of a nuclear meltdown. that is what fukushima residents are facing after a plume of smoke rising into the air as you can see here. this following reports of a radiation leak. four workers on the ground were reportedly injured in the blast. a fuel rod may have melted after the facility's cooling system failed. residents have been evacuated a 10 kilometer radius of the plant. robert is a nuclear engineer based in chicago. he explains what went wrong. the reactors often are very easy to shut youp.. the biggest issue is removing what is called the kahii. it doesn't go
. everything else is the little stuff. we wish japan well and in a weird way we thank them for bringing us back to reality. we are there, good day. >> hello eeverybody. i am uma live in washington. america's news headquarters. just when japan thought it couldn't get worse fears surface of a melt down after an explosion in the nuclear power plant in the northeast. the death tollcontinue to rise with entire towns missing. david piper, what is the latest on the struggling nuclear plant that is taking place there? >> well, earlier in the day there was a large explosion and the japanese government said it destroyed the walls that are encircling the nuclear reactor but didn't break the metal consuming tower that protects the reactor from escaping. from what we are hearing at this time, workers are pouring sea water on the reactor to try to cool it down. but at the same time we are hearing reports that 190 people are suffering from radiation sickness and there are reports that there has been some release in the air at this time. the japanese government increased the raduous around the plant to protect
. and fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan after an explosion blows out the walls of a building. housing a reactor. this comes as one report out of japan says almost 10,000 people are unaccounted for in one northeast port town. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. within this hour we have more alarming news from japan. japanese public broadcaster nhk is reporting at least 9,500 people are unaccounted for in one port town. officially the death toll is at 574 across japan. however, powerful aftershocks continue to shake the region. for is your vooifrps stranded in the hardest hit areas help is on the way as today the first wave of 50 thousand troops has begun arriving by boats and helicopters to those areas. an explosion at one of japan's nuclear power stations explosion you see right there on your screen, it has destroyed a building that houses a reactor. officials are saying that the radiation levels actually have been decreasing. the tsunami caused it to lose its cooling system and it is raising fears of a meltdown. let's go live now once again to tokyo and to nbc's ian williams. firs
>> top story japan. the latest set of libya they have closed airspace to all traffic. >> live from the bay area news station this is the kron 4 morning news. >> i'm just teen it is finally friday march 18th, a big storm system that are we right now let's get the very latest. >> james: we have traffic moving well, it is getting what on the roadways. our assignment manager is saying it wasn't wet when he woke up but now is getting wet. lets take a quick look at the storm trucker for. a lot of rain to our north. the lower sections of it starting to bring in the rain. heavy stuff north of san rosa coming our way, we have a decent selling for san francisco right now. i took the measurement of the rainfall rates, we are in the half inch per hour range. it is tracking in general from the north to the south although there is the west-east slant to it. keep track of that and we will let you know how and tetzel's ranch chores are. the peninsula also seen light grain right now. we are seeing a flood watch now in affect for solano county. this flood watch is in effect until sunday night, frida
of japan, and near san that japan's. dozens of cities and villages along the 1,300 mi. were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as tokyo. hundreds of miles away from the epicenter. the longest quake in japan's history. here is a video out of japan. the impact on the buildings, all the debris and fires that were sparked here by this request. this was the scene in downtown tokyo. scary stuff. the seed was repeated in a handful of other cities. more video to show you this morning of the capital. workers rushed out of the buildings in search of stable ground. you can see the panic. crowds gathered in the streets trying to reach relatives on cell phones. you can see the damage. this was cnn's bureau in tokyo. the tapes, and desks, shelves everything come down. everyone getting outside because they didn't know what was coming next. eight people have died, that was the earliest report. we are getting and the other reports say death toll has risen to 40. that number will likely rise through the day keeping an eye on that. the impact is we have a tsunami warning issued for th
alert. t the disaster in japan keeps getting worse. japanese officials confirm that a meltdown could be occurring and we will have the latest. >> dave: this as the death toll is rising, the number of people killed could top a staggering 10,000 in one state alone. >> clayton: take a look at this, satellite image showing what a city in japan looked like before and then after the tsunami. stunning images show how powerful the natural disaster really was. "fox & friends," hour two, starts right now. . >> dave: for many of you it's hour number one, those of you that didn't spring forward and get the clocks reset. it is hour number two. >> clayton: and a lot happening. the nuclear explosion in one of the plants was-- the word from the government that the plant is on the verge of a meltdown. >> alisyn: hard to know. what's the late s, david. >> reporter: there's a warning from the government that there could be an explosion at the plant, there's been a build up of hydrogen, different from the one yesterday and warning that there could have been already a partial meltdown of one of the unit
.m. friday in japan. >> biggest one to date. oh my god. that is the biggest earthquake to date. it is still going. oh my god. the building's going to fall. >> magnitude 8.9. that's 8.9, the strongest earthquake ever in japan. then this. a massive wall of water. devastating tsunami. it swept ashore along japan's northeastern coast. surging well inland. sweeping away cars, boats, homes. almost anything in its path. hundreds of people are dead with no way to know just how high that death toll will rise. we will bring that back to you. that's the situation developing right now. we have a situation at a japanese nuclear plant, trying to cool down a reactor. the plant is called the fukishima plant. it suffered a quake-related problem with its cooling system. joining us is a professor of disaster management at the university of georgia. mr. delles, explain to us, the last we heard they're trying to release some of this radioactive steam to try to relieve some of the pressure. what will that do? >> well, what's happened is that about 11 reactors all the m ero went down, stopped on purpose due to gr
, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in these attacks he launched from south america to stop gadhafi from firing on his own people. we
york. the president is expected to make a statement about japan at 3:30 eastern time as japan grapples with a nuclear crisis and the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami there. the latest, the death toll stands at 5,429. nearly 10,000 people still missing. at the pufukushima nuclear plan desperate attempts to cool the reactor but these efforts are having limited impact. and the danger of radiation has delayed efforts to permanently restore water to the pumps to cool the reactor. power may not be up and rung until tomorrow at the earliest. the spnk giving military families the okay to leave major u.s. bases across japan. that order covers more than 40,000 people there. in addition, the u.s. is sending potassium iodide into the country in case people want to use it. and as a precaution, homeland secretary janet napolitano says all passengers and cargo from japan will now be screened for radiation in an abundance of caution. let's get to the white house briefing now. press secretary jay carney joined by gregory jaczko of the nuclear regulatory commission in this country. let's listen.
rundown." we will see you tomorrow. >>> and the nuclear crisis in japan worsens following an explosion at a third reactor and a fire in a fourth. high levels of radiation force 140,000 people indoors. could it happen here with a powerful earthquake off the west coast said to be overdue? we will talk to the head of california's emergency management agency. >>> and then there's libya. gadhafi's forces take the last rebel-held town west of tripoli, increasing pressure on the west to intervene. monday, secretary clinton met with opposition leaders. clinton is saturday seth to land in cairo he this hour. andrea mitchell traveling with her it is tuesday, march 15th, the ides of march. savannah is on assignment. the japan crisis weighs on the world market that at the opening bell. and saudi forces have entered bahrain there is a budget vote on capitol hill there is a fight on the right over sarah palin and general david petraeus testifies on afghanistan. that's all happening today. let's get to the run down but begin with japan and the nuclear crisis there a third explosion in four days at th
>>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," president obama promising full support to japan as it tries to avert nuclear disaster and cope with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in wake of friday's deadly quake. this hour, can a nuclear meltdown be avoided? engineers are more troubled today than ever about that crippled nuclear react or. we talk with congressman ed markey sounding the alarm for stricter safeguards. >>> experts say the big one is coming to california. are the officials there ready. >>> in libya gadhafi forces expand strikes against rebels on the front. secretary of state hillary clinton arrives in paris to talk with european counterparts about imposing a no-fly zone. >>> labor fight. is the challenge over bargaining rights about to head to court? >>> i'm norah o'donnell live in washington. andrea is on assignment. we begin in japan where the humanitarian disaster is compounded by the potential for a nuclear nightmare. 250,000 doses of iodine are being distributed to evacuees as a defense to radiation. it follows explosions at two nuclear reactors, a third is
earthquake of historic proportions. you're seeing pictures from inside parliament in japan. and you see the shaking going on. but we have a two-prong disaster. it's not just the massive earthquake that's def tvastatin the country right now. >> that's right, the pictures are astounding. this massive wall of water pushing everything aside in its path. look at these cars. you see them bobbing up and down. and this is about 60 miles north of tokyo, northeast in a farming area. and this incredible tsunami wave just rolling through taking everything in its path, farmland flooded for miles dragging along homes, cars, and boats. and we have all of this covered this morning. we're getting new details by the minute on this special edition of "american morning." thanks for being with us. it's friday, march 11th. i'm kiran chetry. >> i'm t.j. holmes. it's 8:00 right now in tokyo with a massive rescue effort is underway right now. again, we told you this is a two-prong disaster. there was the initial 8.9 magnitude quake. that is a historic earthquake. one of the fifth largest since 1900. one of the
, because obviously, we are concerned about what is happening in japan. >> thank you, i'm with a japanese newspaper. i have two questions on the tragedy in japan. so you already touched on the issue in your opening statement, but i would like to ask about your personal feeling on the situation. you went to japan last year, and you went there, and now the tsunami off of the coast of japan and the waves washed away cars and houses and japanese people are devastated. i want to ask about your personal thoughts and feelings on that. secondly, you also touched on possible assistance from the united states to japan, and japanese government publicly said that japan asked for help from u.s. forces in japan. are you waiting to provide those assistance? >> the answer to the second question is yes. i told prime minister kan that we will provide whatever assistance they need. my understanding is that the main assistance that we will provide them is lift capacity. the ability for us to help in the cleanup. obviously, when you have a tsunami like this, as well as an earthquake, you have huge disruptions
>>> four days into an epic disaster. a growing crisis in japan triggering worldwide concern. new explosions shaking japan's crippled nuclear industry all while hundreds of bodies begin washing up onshore. the horror is unimaginable. >>> and thanks for being with us on this monday, march 14th, it's 6:00 a.m. here on the east coast, 7:00 p.m. in tokyo. we're following the developments of this unfolding catastrophe in japan. >> the tsunami's fury in japan becoming clearer this morning. a new day brings new fears of a nuclear disaster now. overnight, another explosion at the fukushima nuke particular plant. radiation levels were detected. this is being called the greatest hardship there since world war ii. hundreds of thousands of people in need. there are long lines at gas stations and at food stores, people are waiting and waiting. there is a shortage of food and water this morning. >>> also, an overwhelming sense of despair as we said, bodies washing up onshore, the number of dead continuing to mount, and also the financial cost. losses from the quake and tsunami could total $100
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another explosion overnight rocks the crippled nuclear power plant, as concerns grow over a possible meltdown. along the shattered coastline, 1,000 bodies are found, as the death toll soars. the prime minister calling this japan's worst crisis since world war ii. millions today face another day with no power, no water, and no food. we have the very latest for you on the explosion, the survivors, and the worldwide humanitarian effort. "early" this monday morning, march 14th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and thanks for joining us on this monday morning. you can see, these are just some of the images which have been coming in, and frankly, they speak for themselves. they're just unimaginable. >> the devastation that we first saw here friday morning, and now, in the days after this disaster in japan, we continue to get more images, more video of exactly the impact that this is having on this nation and the people there. damage estimates in the tens of billions of dollars. but, of course you can't put a dollar figure on the
rise and not knowing how widespread the waves may come >> we are told that the u.s. expects japan to ask for assistance from the military. the navy is not sitting around waiting for a formal request. they mobilized the ready groups that include the carriers and some 2,000 marines on the ships. quite frankly at least one of the ships, the uss blue ridge is in singapore started loading relief supplies on board in preparation for departure sometime tomorrow morning. this is enroute to japan. the uss tor tuga is loading uplanding craft that could be used to carry humanitarian relief and the marines on to shore where they are sorely needed. the uss ronald reagan group is only in that direction. one of the most important thing was to determine what kind of damage and what injury and most of the base are located in southern japan. the tsunami itself, there were no deaths or injured reported among personnel and damage to u.s. facilities was only minor. now the concentration is on preparing for the massive humanitarian relief needed for the people in that northern area of japan. >> i wante
can understand that we are in the middle here in japan of what appears to be an escalating nuclear crisis and so they continue to have these rolling blackouts. we saw some power going back on behind me there at the tokyo tower, but understand that this area alone has 45 million people requiring power so they're trying to conserve as much as they can. because a quarter of the power here has been affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. now, you also mentioned the rescuers, the americans who were contaminated. they are pouring in rescuers from literally all around the world, at least ten different nations. they've deployed 100,000 military here in japan, and we have seen them coming in at the airport. the sad fact of the matter is that these search and rescue teams will find little to rescue, although there were a couple of amazing stories today. a baby and an elderly man pulled from the rubble after spending three nights in it. but, for the most part, what they are finding is this tremendous devastation. in one town alone, an estimated 1,000 people who were washed away in
. a professor from the tsunami research center in japan does these along with another professor at eri japan. we have seen a lot of those simulations that they have done. kenji's simulation was famous after the sumatra earthquake. but to see something like this really happen in realtime is really a first, to be honest with you. i don't know of anything like this at all. >> as i said earlier, this is the fifth most powerful earthquake in recorded psychological history which goes back 70 years. so you are not going to see anything like this. maybe every couple decades or so. we didn't have the kind of technology when these things occurred preif jusly and even in sumatra which wasn't that long ago, people were not as prepared as japan is as technologically to display this. this is a first. >> john, thank you so much. we are going to come back to you again. you have been great through all of this. we have been talking to you for the last couple hours. right now let's go to fox news meteorologist. we want to hear a little more about the tsunami warning, particularly the one in affect for hawaii that
for help finding her sister who is a former english teacher in japan who returned to that country the day of the quake. ann found her and helped her reach her sister. >> do you have my sister? >> i have your sister. here she is. >> she is on the phone. are you okay? >> hi. >> are you okay? >> yeah. i'm totally okay. >> let's go right to tokyo now and msnbc's ciz jansing is there live. what's the primary concern now for people across the country? >> reporter: well, i think it's threefold. you have a humanitarian. you have an economic and you have an escalating nuclear crisis. there is nothing simple about what's happening here. and it is affecting not just that northeastern coastal area but really the entire country in a very profound way. now, let's start with the humanitarian crisis. you've been showing those pictures. they are absolutely heartbreaking, devastating. the one town that you showed in miyagi province where as many as a thousand people we heard earlier today washed up on the shore that had been bodies carried away in the tsunami. now officials there are saying they may have a
>>> tonight, a new day brings new challenges in japan as people try to find missing loved ones. >>> they are not pressing the charges at this time anymore. >> an abc2 investigation into a 12-year-old autistic boy who is facing charges is getting results. the steps the boy's mother is now taking to make sure her son is taken care of. >>> plus the clock is ticking and looks like an nfl player's lockout is unavoidable. abc2 news at 11:00 starts right now. >>> now, abc2 news at 11:00. >>> devastation in japan tonight as families hope and pray that their missing loved ones are found alive. there's a massive undertaking going on right now to get two nuclear power plants under control. an 8.9 magnitude effort quake caused massive damages. the massive quake and tsunami washed away homes as if they were small debris, as we get ready to go to sleep, japan is waking up to a new day full of fear and loss. tj is live in new york tonight with the latest. >> good evening. there are thousands of americans in japan tonight and while the u.s. state department has seen no reason to evacuate the
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another 1,000 bodies washed up along japan's earthquake and tsunami-ravaged coast, as the nuclear crisis deepens, with a new explosion at an already damaged power plant. ann curry reports live from the region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, march 14, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> the images continue to haunt us all. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. japan's prime minister calling this the gravest crisis in his country since world war ii. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000. that's expected to climb. so far, about 2,800 people are confirmed dead including those 1,000 bodies discovered overnight. meanwhile, 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima nuclear plant and the u.s. military shifted some of the fleet further away from shore after military personnel were exposed to low level radiation. the state department is warning americans
countries like japan -- excuse me -- china and india. there is not a lot of overlap in those the use -- those views. you have an opportunity to agree with steve and me to come back where we can -- to come back to where we can get things done. you can make the case in a practical sense of what difference transit and your investment has made in your community, what difference it makes in terms of the fabric of the community, the environment, being able to deal with social equity. you have a case to make. i am proud of what we have done in portland, oregon over the last 30 years. transit made it possible for portland to be the nation's most popular european city. there is a joke about young people going there to retire. but the quality of life is good enough that people feel like they are retiring. we have an opportunity to stress in our downtown, our neighboring community. we give people transportation choices. there has been spectacular re- investment that would not have been possible had it not been for transit. we need you to advocate for what transit means to you now and what it wi
populated areas. it's not over. it's incredibly difficult technically and for people here in japan and around the world. there are arguments about the quality of information and disagreements among u.s. and japanese engineers how to proceed, even though it is japan's reactors. >> when we talk about the fact they changed the level from 4 to 5, what goes onto the science and reasoning behind why they felt they needed to raise this level? >> it's simple. three-mile island, i would say this is worse of three-mile island. three-mile island released almost no radiation. three-mile island was bad because it was only caught at the last minute before there was a huge melting of the core of the reactor. the definition of the levels, it doesn't just affect the reactor but affects the surrounding areas with bits of radiation being found japan in miniscule amounts in the plume across the pacific ocean. >> bob bazell, thank you very much. this situation becoming dire. explain if the fuel rods in one or more of the reactors have, in fact, been exposed, what does that mean? can they still be coole
in chile the president travels to el salvador. >>> to japan now. this morning workers are evacuated, or were evacuated from the tsunami stricken fukushima daiichi nuclear plant and smoke was seen rising from one of the reactors. there's been a dramatic jump in the estimated death toll from that massive earthquake and tsunami eleven days ago. police now estimate more than 18,000 people were killed. charlie d'agata has the story. >> reporter: beneath this pile of rubble a much-needed sign of hope. crews pulled an 80-year-old woman and her teenage grandson out alive, nine days after japan's earthquake and tsunami destroyed their home. reports say the two had been trapped in their kitchen, and survived by eating yogurt and other food found in the refrigerator. the dramatic rescue provided a rare bit of good news for a nation reeling from its worst disaster since world war ii. positive developments also emerged from the fukushima nuclear power plant, where engineers are racing to prevent a full-blown meltdown. two of the facility's six reactors are now under control. and crews plan to so
talked about those fires and being such a concern. >> well, right. japan has a large nuclear energy industry. they also have -- and there's a lot of concern in the country when they've had earthquakes about problems with it. they haven't had problems in general. so that was why he would -- the first thing he's going to say is, we haven't compromised our nuclear power plants. and i don't -- well, a tsunami going into a power plant can cause a lot of damage. but i don't know that they have any the areas at risk. it's pretty easy to map out before an event where your at-risk areas are. people would have known if they were in a tsunami danger zone before this event happened. the other thing, of course, is there is a magnitude 8.9 earthquake here beyond the tsunami. and that can damage a lot of facilities. >> talk to me about some of that damage. because we've seen some of the video out of tokyo. obviously that being a heavy populated area. it was a busy friday. it was 3:00 in the afternoon. and anyone that works in a city that's comparable to tokyo, take new york, for example, 3:00 on a
, what happened in japan, like everybody else. it's just so devastating. i can't imagine that there's going to be one agency in massachusetts who just says, you go here, you here -- i'm concerned not only in massachusetts but throughout the country if something like this happens, i'm not confident yet and i'm hopeful someone can give me the information that make sure that we all know what to do. you know? is it evacuation? is it command and control? is it military? i think it's a combination of everything. can you shed any light on my thoughts? >> in timely, i can start and then like to have an opportunity, senator brown -- >> just do that. i don't want to take the senator's time. >> i want to make one point. >> i think you're asking an important question. >> okay. >> i'd urge -- >> many of our disasters -- we always start with who's going to be the closest responders, no matter how big the disaster. it's always the local responders. we saw this, they can be destroyed, in the disaster itself. we saw this in katrina and in the tsunami. the next is the governor and their team includin
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